To me Summer Beauty should be about products that are fun, uplifting and practical in the warmer weather. The emphasis shouldn’t be on how to get the perfect beach-ready body. Of course, it’s nice to prime our skin a bit as we have more of it on show but it’s about looking and feeling our best – not about trying to pursue the perfect ideal that’s all smoke and mirrors (photoshop and filters) anyway.
Here are my picks of the best new products for Summer 2018…
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto di Liguria
It’s hard for me to think of another range of fragrances that’s as wonderful as the Blu Mediterraneo collection from Acqua di Parma. Just for the pure pleasure I urge you to test them them out for yourself. Each one could be described as Summer in a bottle and the latest, Chinotto di Liquria is no exception. Chinotto is a small orange-like fruit and the scent from this is woven with Mandarin to give this fragrance an overriding aromatic, citrus flavour. There’s also Jasmine, Cardamom, Rosemary and Geranium at the heart and the bass notes of musk and patchouli anchors everything down. It’s uplifting, bittersweet, completely addictive and can just as easily be worn by men and women.
Ultrasun Daily Face Fluid SPF 50+
I’ve written a lot about my love for the Murad City Skin sunscreen but the price has recently risen to £55 a bottle which is quite excessive in my opinion. A worthy substitute for wearing everyday is the new Ultrasun Daily Face Fluid which is a much more reasonable £28. Like the Murad one it has anti-pollution ingredients alongside ones that brighten the skin. It sits well on top of other serums as well as under make up. It also protects against 95% of UVA rays so really does provide top notch protection.
Cosmetics a la Carte Bare Blush and Shimmer Outliner
I like make up to feel and look lightweight at the best of times but this is especially the case in the Summer. These two new products from Cosmetics a la Carte fit the bill perfectly by being light in texture while giving a lovely wash of colour. Shimmer Outliner in Amour (£28) is a universally flattering golden brown which has a slight violet undertone the swatch isn’t picking up. It brings light and definition to the eyes while also looking understated. The Bare Blush in Crush (£30) is a peachy/apricot shade that gives a natural glow and hint of colour. As it’s a cream blush it makes skin look dewy rather than accentuating lines which powder blush has a tendency to do.
Vitage IlluminatingnTanning Drops
These drops are the easiest way to give skin a bit of warmth and colour. They can used for face and body though I’ve just been sticking to using them on my face and chest. They’re very concentrated so you only need to add 1-2 drops to any moisturiser or serum (I add them to the Vichy 89 Mineral Serum) and two hours later you have glowy, golden skin. I think I look so much healthier with a bit of colour and these drops are a brilliant way to achieve a light tan without damaging my skin. I can’t detect any fragrance and the finish is completely streak free. The colour can be built up over consecutive days. The Illuminating Tanning Drops (£39) come in a huge bottle so I expect they’ll last through summer and beyond.
Ren AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum
I know this has been getting a lot of rave write-ups but I make no apologies for jumping on the bandwagon. There are currently so few body care products that use the same really good active ingredients that we rely on in our facial skincare products but this is one. AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum has Lactic Acid to exfoliate and moisturisers to protect and strengthen the skin. I noticed how much better my skin was after just one application and it felt dramatically smoother after using it daily for a week. It also smells nice and citrusy too. At £35 Smart Renewal Body Serum is expensive but the results are more than worth it.
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